ICC Women’s WT20, India vs New Zealand as it happened: IND win by 34 runs
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ICC Women’s WT20, India vs New Zealand as it happened: IND win by 34 runs

India vs New Zealand, ICC Women’s World T20: Catch all the highlights of the first match of the ICC Women’s World T20.

By HT Correspondent | Nov 10, 2018 08:16 IST

India beat New Zealand by 34 runs to get their ICC World T20 campaign off to the great start at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. Skipper Harmanpreet Kuar struck a historic ton while Hemalatha and Poonam Yadav ended with three wickets each to power India to an emphatic win in the opener.

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23:42 hrs IST

Match ends

India have registered an emphatic 34-run win in the first match of the tournament. Riding on century from Harmanpreet and three-wicket hauls from Hemalatha and Poonam, India cruised to the win in Guyana.

23:33 hrs IST

Martin departs for well-made 39

Poonam Yadav picks her third wicket of the day as she gets rid of Katey Martin. India are on the cusp of win now as NZ need 48 runs off 7 deliveries.

23:30 hrs IST

Martin keeps on going

Another poor delivery from India (Reddy this time) and Martins hits the full toss to the square leg boundary for four. Reddy concedes seven runs from her over. But as things stand, India are on the verge of a big win.

23:22 hrs IST

Flurry of boundaries

The Kiwis are giving it a final push as Katey Martin hits four boundaries in a span of just 12 overs. She is hitting the ball fiercely at the moment and India will have to get rid of her soon. Although one would say that the target is still very far for the Kiwis but it could change dramatically if Martin keeps on hitting like this.

23:16 hrs IST

Another one bites the dust

Maddy Green becomes the latest batter to be dismissed as he has to go following an excellent diving catch by Deepti Sharma at long-on. Hemalatha picks her third wicket of the day and that too on her debut.

23:12 hrs IST

This was the wicket that India wanted

Arundhati Reddy picks her first wicket of the day but she has managed to get rid of the most dangerous batter in Suzie Bates. The right-hander somehow managed to hit a full toss into the hands of Deepti Sharma at point and she has to head back into the hut for 67.

23:05 hrs IST

Hemalatha strikes again

Satterthwaite tried to sweep the delivery but ended up top-edging it and Deepti Sharma took an easy catch at short mid wicket. NZ have lost their fourth wicket now.

23:00 hrs IST

Half-century for Bates

Suzie Bates completes her well-deserved half-century with a boundary off Deepti Sharma and with that, she also becomes the highest run-scorer in the history of the format.

22:54 hrs IST

Poonam strikes twice

Poonam Yadav has turned the match on its head as she picks up two wickets in as many balls to leave the Kiwis reeling. Devine and Satterthwaite departs as NZ have lost three wickets now. India are firmly on top in the match now.

22:50 hrs IST

First six of the innings

Sophie Devine gets into the act now as she smashes the first six of the innings off Hemalatha. India need to pick wickets soon to put pressure on the Kiwis, who are batting rather comfortably at the moment.

22:45 hrs IST

Bates keeps on going

There is no stopping Suzie Bates at the moment as she keeps on dealing in boundaries. She hits her sixth boundary of the innings off Poonam Yadav to move into her 40s.

22:40 hrs IST

Breakthrough for India

India have finally managed to break the opening stand as they get rid of Peterson for 14. Hemalatha picks her maiden T20I wicket as the right hander edges the ball into the hands of the keeper.

22:35 hrs IST

Fifty partnership up

New Zealand openers Bates and Peterson have put the pressure back on India with their stunning attack play. Bates has hit five fours thus far while as for Peterson, she has hit one four but is doing well to hold the innings from the other end. NZ have crossed the 50-run mark now.

22:25 hrs IST

Good start by the openers

After Radha Yadav conceded just 2 runs from her second over, the Kiwis score 9 runs from the third off Deepti Sharma. Bates hit her second four off the innings in the over as well. The openers are building a good partnership here

22:15 hrs IST

Boundary to start proceedings

Bates hits a boundary off Reddy to start the innings with a four. New Zealand need a partnership early on if they are to get closer to the Indian target. Peterson also hit a boundary to get off the mark as Kiwis are off to a good start in the chase as they rake in 11 runs off the first over.

22:02 hrs IST

Historic Century

Harmanpreet Kaur becomes the first Indian score a century in the shortest format of the game as she helps India to 194/5 in 20 overs. After a disastrous start, Kaur (103) and Rodrigues (59) helped India to a very formidable total in 20 overs. Time for Indian bowlers to shine now.

21:55 IST

Kaur on the verge of a ton

Rodrigues may have fallen on one end but Harmanpreet is going great guns on the other as she hits back to back sixes to enter into her 90. She needs just 3 runs to compete her maiden T20I ton now.

21:53 hrs IST

Breakthrough for New Zealand

Wartkin has finally managed to break this partnership as she gets rid of Rodrigues for 59. The right hander was stumped after she missed the line of the delivery completely. India are four down now.

21:52 hrs IST

India eye big score, Kaur eyes ton

The two Indian batters are toying with the Kiwi bowlers as they are picking their places with great ease to score boundaries. 17 runs came from that over from Amelia Kerr as Harmanpreet is edging towards a well-deserved century.

21:48 hrs IST

Harmanpreet goes berserk

Another expensive over for the Kiwis as Hayley Jensen concedes 15 runs off it. Harmanpreet slammed two boundaries in that over while Rodrigues also picked up one. India have gone past the 150-run mark and these two batters have put them on top.

21:45 hrs IST

Fifty for Rodrigues

It seems that the two Indian batters are looking to hits boundary on every delivery. Rodrigues now takes the aerial route and hits a boundary and then completes her half-century off 39 deliveries. India are firmly on top at the moment.

21:40 hrs IST

Half-century for Kaur

What an innings from Harmanpreet Kaur thus far as she hits a takes a single to complete her half-century off just 33 deliveries. With five overs left to be played, India will be eyeing a big score in this clash. She celebrates her getting past the fifty mark by hitting a huge six over long off boundary.

21:35 hrs IST

SIX, SIX and Four

Harmanpreet Kaur is simply tearing the Kiwi bowling line up attack and she is dealing in sixes currently. She hits two huge sixes over long-on off Satterthwaite and then on the last ball of the over, she hits a boundary in the same region. Stunning batting from the India skipper.

21:30 hrs IST

Fifty partnership, India cross 100

The partnership between Harmanpreet and Rodrigues has gone past 50-run mark and the duo have used the motto attack is the best defence to great effect so far. The strike rate of both batters is in the excess of 100 as well. India cross 100 now.

21:23 hrs IST

Four and Four

After the fall of three top-order batsmen India have done well to put the pressure back on the Kiwis. Both Harmanpreet and Rodrigues have been scoring runs at a good pace. Both the batters hit one boundary each in the over from Tahuhu. India nearing 100 now.

21:13 hrs IST

First six of the tournament

Watkin bowled a short delivery and Harmanpreet Kaur got into position early and smashed the ball over deep mid wicket boundary for the first six of the innings. Then, she hit the ball on the off-side and the ball sailed over the cover boundary. The skipper is leading from the front.

21:07 hrs IST

India cross 50

A welcome boundary for India and with that they have crossed the 50-run mark in the eight over of the innings. Medium pacer Devine bowled a yorker and it took and edge off the bat of Rodrigues and went for a boundary towards fine leg.

21:00 hrs IST

India three down now

Kiwis keep their habit of picking wickets as Hemalatha becomes the latest Indian batter to head back into the hut. The right hander went for the sweep shot but top edged the ball into the fielder at short fine leg. First wicket of the day for spinner Leigh Kasperek

20:55 hrs IST

India need a partnership

After the dismissal of the openers, the onus is now on Rodrigues and Hemalatha to put on a partnership and the steady the Indian ship. Hemalatha hits back to back boundaries to make her intentions clear. India’s run-rate is over 7 at the moment but it is the wickets column that will disappoint them a bit.

20:50 hrs IST

Mandhana falls, India in trouble

New Zealand have picked up their second wicket of the innings as dangerous Smriti Mandhana departs for 2. The southpaw hit the ball on the up towards square leg and Hayley Jensen picked a blinder at the rope. Second wicket of the day for Tahuhu.

20:46 hrs IST

Poor use of DRS hurt New Zealand

Indian batters are struggling to get their feet in the match as the NZ bowlers are dominating in the early parts of the match. NZ should have two more wickets as the LBW decisions went in favour of Rodrigues and Mandhana respectively in second and third over. NZ didn’t use the DRS on both the occasions but replays showed that both were out.

20:38 hrs IST

Kiwis strike early

Medium pacer Lea Tahudu strikes on her first delivery of the innings as he gets rid of Taniya Bhatia. The right-arm bowler wrecked the off stump of the batter as India lose their first wicket of the day.

20:33 hrs IST

Boundaries to start proceedings

Spinner Watkin came on to bowl the first over and opener Taniya Bhatia hits the ball for a boundary towards fine leg. Then, she pulled the ball for the second four towards square leg. Good start for India.

20:24 hrs IST

National anthem time

Few kids are making their way into the middle carrying the respective flags of the two nations. The officials and players are also coming out on the ground now and the national anthems of both the teams will be played ahead of the contest.

20:20 hrs IST

New Zealand playing XI

Suzie Bates, Anna Peterson, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite(c), Katey Martin(w), Maddy Green, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Watkin, Hayley Jensen, Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu

20:15 hrs IST

Meet the stars

Take a look at the players who will try to win India’s first global trophy in women’s cricket. These are the Indian stars who will look to end India’s trophy drought in the Caribbean.

20:09 hrs IST

Skipper Harmanpreet during toss

The wicket looks good to bat on and it might slow down later. We are playing with four spinners and later on it might help. India XI: Smriti Mandhana, Taniya Bhatia(w), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Dayalan Hemalatha, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy

20:04 hrs IST

Toss update

India have won the toss and they have opted to bat first against New Zealand in the first match of the ICC Women’s World T20 in Guyana.

19:47 hrs IST

Rohit Sharma’s message for India

“Best wishes to our women’s cricket team for the T20 World Cup who will be taking on New Zealand cricket team tonight (Friday). I’m very optimistic for this one and I’m sure, they’ll bring glory to our country. All the very best,” Rohit said in a video which he uploaded on social media.

19:36 hrs IST

Onus on Indian bowlers to come to the fore

While Mandhana’s performance will be crucial at the top, teenager Jemimah Rodriguez, Tanya Bhatia and Harmanpreet will make up the middle order. The spin department, led by leggie Poonam Yadav, is India’s strength while the pace department lacks experience after the retirement of veteran Jhulan Goswami. “The bowlers too have improved massively in last three months, they are clear with their plans. And fielding wise, we are 10 per cent better than in the last World Cup,” added Mandhana.

19:24 hrs IST

‘Asia Cup loss a wake-up call’

Smriti Mandhana, on whom India will be relying heavily in the Caribbean, said the Asia Cup T20 final loss to Bangladesh in June was a timely wake-up call. “After the setback in the Asia Cup, everyone went back and worked hard. You can see everyone is up to the mark where you need to be at the international standard. The Sri Lanka series has been really good. For me personally, I didn’t get really good scores, but one match, Harmanpreet and I didn’t score a single run and we got 170. That was brilliant.”

19:14 hrs IST

Indian squad for tournament

The selectors announced a young Indian squad tasked to lift the trophy in West Indies - Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Taniya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Dayalan Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Anuja Patil, Mithali Raj, Arundathi Reddy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav.

19:04 hrs IST

Tough group for India

India have failed to go past the group stage in the previous three editions and they will have to play well consistently to advance to the knock-outs. After the opener against New Zealand, India will face Pakistan on November 11, Ireland on November 15 and three-time champions Australia on November 17.

18:55 hrs IST

Form of Team India

India have never won the World T20 in their previous five attempts with their best result, a semi-final appearance, coming in 2009 and 2010. This is the first stand alone World T20 for women after being held alongside the men’s event in the past editions. In the lead-up to the World T20, India have hit good form, beating hosts Sri Lanka before blanking Australia A at home.

18:45 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the blog of the ICC Women’s World T20 match between India and New Zealand. The first match of the tournament will be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. The hosts will look to get off to a winning start at the World Wt20, by beating one of the contenders New Zealand.